Yet another week of the WNBA is behind us, as 12 franchises did battle and further shaped the standings. From favorites improving their lead atop their respective conferences to slow starters finally finding their rhythm, we saw it all as this past week.
So how did it all transpire?
|New York Liberty||6||8||.429||4.5|
|Los Angeles Sparks||10||4||.714||1|
|San Antonio Silver Stars||4||10||.286||7|
|1.||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||25.21||18.8||8.9||3.7||2.4||1.1|
|2.||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||19.92||19.8||5.8||5.0||0.8||3.5|
|3.||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||20.60||21.5||3.9||5.6||0.3||0.9|
|4.||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx||19.43||17.2||6.1||2.9||0.8||1.4|
|5.||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||18.62||19.5||10.0||1.5||1.3||0.9|
Candace Parker has moved into the top spot of the MVP rankings, leapfrogging both Angel McCoughtry and Diana Taurasi. McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream remain the best team in the WNBA and Taurasi continues to lead the league in scoring, but one thing is becoming perfectly clear as the season goes on: Parker is the best women’s basketball player in the world.
Whether dominating the interior as a rebounder and low-post presence or facilitating the Sparks’ top ranked offense, Parker is doing it all. It’s important to note that she is far from a lock to win the award. But at this point in time, there simply isn’t a player putting up as consistently dominant performances as Parker from an all-around perspective.
That’s exactly why she has the best efficiency rating in the WNBA.
Rookie of the Year Race
|1.||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||19.29||19.1||5.7||2.1||1.6||0.6|
|2.||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||18.83||14.9||6.4||0.8||2.8||0.4|
|3.||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock||7.56||8.6||2.3||4.8||0.2||1.4|
|4.||Kelsey Bone||New York Liberty||7.57||6.6||5.9||0.9||0.4||0.1|
|5.||Alex Bentley||Atlanta Dream||7.00||7.8||1.3||2.0||0.2||1.1|
The Rookie of the Year rankings may not have changed, but the first-year players are beginning to come into their own. With Alex Bentley carving out her role as a shooter in Atlanta and Kelsey Bone earning her teammates’ trust down low, it appears as if this year’s draft class is deeper than we’d previously believed.
The only steady truth here is that Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner are a step above the rest.
Delle Donne continues to dominate the NBA as a scorer, also developing her status as one of the more productive interior defenders. Griner, meanwhile, leads all WNBA players in both blocks per game and field-goal percentage.
Many rookies are coming into their own, but it’s all about Delle Donne and Griner right now.
Defensive Player of the Year Race
|1.||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||19.92||19.8||5.8||5.0||0.8||3.5|
|2.||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||21.85||14.5||11.8||0.4||2.4||0.5|
|3.||Tamika Catchings||Atlanta Dream||18.64||17.1||6.3||3.0||1.0||3.4|
|4.||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||25.21||18.8||8.9||3.7||1.1||2.4|
|5.||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||18.83||14.9||6.4||0.8||2.8||0.4|